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Perovskite flaws revealed, points to major efficiency upside

Perovskite material.

New research has revealed microscopic flaws in perovskite crystals used in PV applications. The discovery indicates that there is a very large potential for conversion efficiency gains, if these faults can be removed.


MIT Energy Initiative: solar best potential for meeting humanity's needs

Solar sunrise over power lines.

Solar has been singled out by the MIT Energy Initiative (METEI) as holding the best potential for meeting humanity's future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The research calls for more funding into...


IEA: Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

The International Energy Agency presented its Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 report in Paris on Monday, which calls for a tripling of public spending on low-carbon technology R&D.


Heraeus to open R&D centers in China, Taiwan

Heraeus' metallization pastes

The German engineering group is expanding oversees with new facilities focusing on local metallization paste modifications. Heraeus recently relocated its PV business unit headquarters to Shanghai.


Manz claims 16% CIGS module record

Manz HQ

German PV and battery manufacturing equipment supplier Manz has claimed a module efficiency world record for CIGS technology on its innovation line. The 16% conversion efficiency record was unveiled on Monday at the SNEC...


Inside the Singulus repositioning and debt restructuring

A dapper gentleman.

Germany's Singulus is one of the European and North American PV equipment suppliers that has had a difficult time in recent years. The company on Friday announced a restructuring of its debt and an acceleration of its move into...


Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

Trina Solar module production

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina's multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company's PERC solar...


Masdar launches UAE's first independent solar testing and R&D lab

Masdar PV plant, Abu Dhabi

The Masdar Solar Hub will serve as a platform to test solar energy systems and deliver new innovative technologies to market.


pv magazine launches SNEC 50 Technology Highlights Special

The SNEC 50 Technology Highlights is available to download now.

Special download gives the lowdown on our hand-selected next generation technologies that will take solar PV manufacturing to the next level.


Hanergy to build 10 MW GaAs thin film R&D fab in Wuhan

Alta Devices UAV integrated with thin film solar material

The project, which is receiving extensive support from the local government and backing from national, provincial and municipal funding, marks Hanergy's first GaAs R&D project in China since acquiring U.S. company Alta Devices.


Storage and solar companies feature in BNEF New Energy Pioneer awards

Solar PV and battery storage companies have featured prominently in BNEF's New Energy Pioneers awards, handed down last night in New York. The awards are presented as a part of the 8th BNEF summit currently under way.


Germany, Japan partner on PV grid integration, power-to-gas tech

Gifu University, Japan

The collaboration between Japan's Gifu University and Germany's ZSW is expected to create better conditions for the "efficient transfer of research results into the marketplace."


Multicrystalline PERC to deliver 25% efficiencies

Martin Green

Leading solar researcher Professor Martin Green says that the solar industry has entered a new phase of manufacturing, in which the focus is firmly on efficiency gains. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher believes...


China's first PV-biomass power plant now in operation

The solar-biomass plant is the first of its kind in China.

Combined solar PV and biomass power generation plant is the first of its kind in China. 1.44 MW solar element due to come online later this month.


InnoLas reports 2014 growth on the back of PERC rollout

Markus Nicht.

German laser systems provider InnoLas Solutions has reported that its 2014 bookings have shown an increase on 2013, on the back of orders for its Ultrafast PERC equipment. It reports bookings of over 1 GW of upgrades in Q1 2015.


MIT, Stanford team achieve 1.65 V perovskite tandem cell

PV tandem cell.

Researchers have achieved an open voltage perovskite-cSi tandem cell with an open circuit (Voc) voltage of 1.65 V and a conversion efficiency of 13.7%. The team from MIT and Stanford report its work has identified key challenges...


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